10th > July > 2009 Archive


Symbian frees security source code

The Symbian Foundation has started open-sourcing its mobile operating system, announcing the release of the Symbian OS security package source code under the Eclipse Public License.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2009

Steve Jobs snubs LSD daddy

In February of 2007, Albert Hofmann - the discoverer of LSD who died last year at an alert 102 - sent a letter to Steve Jobs, asking for the Apple CEO's help in funding research into psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2009

Has Spare Backup had a Carphone Warehouse boost?

Cloud backup service provider Spare Backup has just got a big business boost from a UK partner, thought to be Carphone Warehouse.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009

NetApp tried to buy Snap NAS business in 2004

Here's a fascinating bit of history: NetApp tried to buy the Snap network-attached storage (NAS) business back in 2004, according to people with knowledge of the events.
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009
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Intel seeks Android-on-Atom MID deal with Google?

Intel is wooing Google to port the Android operating system to Atom, according to noises coming out of Taiwan.
Tony Smith, 10 Jul 2009

Written material saved from censor's big black pen - for now

Censorship of written material is off the agenda – for now: and for that we may need to thank Lord Falconer’s intense interest in suicide.
Jane Fae , 10 Jul 2009

Rogue CA update bricks Win XP systems

A rogue security definition update to anti-virus software from CA hobbled Windows systems earlier this week, sparking howls of protests from users.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2009

Police may have had a duty to notify phone-hacking victims

The Metropolitan Police knew that numerous mobile phones had been illegally hacked by private investigators but failed to alert the phones' owners, according to The Guardian newspaper. If so, the victims should have been told, a privacy expert has said.
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Jul 2009

Whining serial commentard bemoans Reg bullying

It appears serial commentard Aaron Kempf doesn't much like the taste of his own bitter medicine, and has written to "request that you do not harrass [sic] me online".
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009

Infosys says outlook bad despite profit boost

Indian outsourcer Infosys managed a small increase in profits for the first quarter but warned that the outlook for the full year is still bad.
John Oates, 10 Jul 2009

ESA to develop cargo-lander space podule

The European Space Agency (ESA) is to build a space capsule capable of bringing cargoes down safely from orbit as well as taking them up, according to reports. A development of the current "Jules Verne" unmanned cargo module used to supply the International Space Station, the planned Advanced Reentry Vehicle (ARV) could lead in turn to an ESA manned launch capability.
Lewis Page, 10 Jul 2009

Sony confirms second-gen Vaio netbook

Sony has let slip that a second incarnation of its Vaio P mini laptop line is in the works.
James Sherwood, 10 Jul 2009

Datawind breezes into netbooks

Datawind, the company behind the PocketSurfer web browsing palmtop - reviewed here - has upped its game with the launch of its first netbook.
James Sherwood, 10 Jul 2009

iPod fingered in car inferno

Swedish Saab operatives are eyeing with suspicion an iPod Nano which may have been responsible for the fiery destruction of an unoccupied Saab, the Hallandsposten reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009

Microsoft throws Bing into Hotmail mix

Microsoft has integrated Bing with Hotmail, a month on from the release of its fancy new search engine.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2009

Endeavour set for Saturday launch

Space shuttle Endeavour is in "excellent shape" to launch tomorrow on its delayed STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009

Home Office gets another ad agency for ID cards

The Identity and Passport Office has appointed another advertising agency to persuade the public of the apparent benefits of ID cards.
John Oates, 10 Jul 2009

Connecticut man misses dental appointment

A 41-year-old Connecticut man was cuffed after turning up five days late for a dental appointment in his birthday suit, the Connecticut Post reports.
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009

Music biz should do more - Top Eurocrat

The EU Commissioner for Telecoms and Media Viviane Reding has called for the music business to offer much better services to recapture a 'lost generation'. Her speech gave no encouragement to parts of the music business looking for the European superstate to toughen enforcement.
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jul 2009

Coming soon: clothes that take photographs

One day your clothes could take photographs, according to MIT scientists who have made a fabric that can capture images of a smiley face.
James Sherwood, 10 Jul 2009

Did the Vatican suppress hidden 'Galileo Cryptogram'?

An Australian boffin says that the planet Neptune may have actually been discovered 234 years earlier than had been thought, by the famed Renaissance Italian astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei - who was persecuted by the Inquisition for his "heretical" astronomy research. Professor David Jamieson of Melbourne Uni says that proof for this theory may lie within a hidden coded message yet to be discovered.
Lewis Page, 10 Jul 2009

Police decline to reopen mobile phone hacking case

The UK Police have said no further investigation is needed into the News of the World phone tapping scandal.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2009
Sony DSC-HX1

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

ReviewThese days you’re rather spoilt for choice when it comes to super zoom compacts, and so it’s simply not enough to offer a camera sporting an extra-long zoom; you’ve got to make it stand out in the crowd. Sony reckons the DSC-HX1 offers something special beyond a 20x optical zoom, to tempt the super zoom customer, including a novel panoramic shooting system and a super-fast continuous shooting mode.
George Cole, 10 Jul 2009

Phorm: How it went down

AnalysisFor a company without customers, users or revenues it's pretty extraordinary that Phorm achieved the dubious distinction of being the biggest UK technology story of the past 18 months.
Christopher Williams, 10 Jul 2009

Mel Gibson to put hand up Jodie Foster's Beaver

To cap a triumphant week at the El Reg elite headline-writing bureau, we're delighted to report today that Mel Gibson will star alongside Jodie Foster in The Beaver - the improbable tale of "a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet".
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009

WhipTail promises no bull 6TB SSD

Start-up WhipTail Technologies has announced a whopping 6TB solid state drive (SSD).
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009

Calvin Klein puts storage in the shade

Specs specialist Oakley has already produced sunglasses with integrated storage, MP3 playback and detachable headphones, but now it seems that others are set to follow with hi-tech eyewear.
James Sherwood, 10 Jul 2009

Internet Heroes and Villains named by ISPs

Is ISPA on the side of the file-sharers when it comes to IP and copyright? A close reading of the 11th Annual UK Internet Industry Awards – dished out yesterday evening - suggests that they might not be as hostile as some other trade bodies.
Jane Fae , 10 Jul 2009

Google filters image problem

Mountain View has added a filter to its Google Images to allow users to sift through photos to determine the usage rights of the image.
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jul 2009

The comic-book guide to SIM hacking

The Citizen Engineer project has released its first publication: a comic book guide to building a SIM reader and then hacking your SIM for fun and profit.
Bill Ray, 10 Jul 2009

Jaguar opens up about future e-car plans

Leccy TechAt the recent launch of the new and - let’s be honest - gorgeous new Jaguar XJ, Register Hardware won some time to probe the firm about its future e-car projects.
Alun Taylor, 10 Jul 2009

NHS hospitals struggle to hold back the malware tide

Malware infection problems at NHS hospitals are a more serious problem than isolated reports of infestation might suggest, according to an investigation by More4 News.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2009

Pig flu promises holidays for all

The Department of Health is actively considering doubling the time people are allowed to sign themselves off sick as a response to swine flu - officially now a pandemic.
John Oates, 10 Jul 2009

Two jailed for online racism after US turned down asylum bid

Two British men who tried to claim political asylum in the US were jailed today for using the internet to incite racial hatred.
John Oates, 10 Jul 2009

Sprint to outsource network operations

Sprint has confirmed it will outsource the running of its US CDMA network to Ericsson, but is keeping WiMAX to itself while admitting that all its PDA-class devices will be able to fall back on Wi-Fi when all else fails.
Bill Ray, 10 Jul 2009

Hijacked Twitter accounts spread Koobface worm

The Koobface worm, which previously infected users of Facebook and MySpace, is spreading among users of micro-blogging website Twitter.
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2009
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Citrix gives away more virtual goodies

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday, server-virtualisation challenger Citrix Systems will up the ante - or more precisely, lower the price-barrier to entry - for virtualisation tools to manage virtual Windows machines.

RIP tennis gal's DD jubs

Fans of the finer points of women's tennis are today mourning the loss of Romanian racket-botherer Simona Halep's DD chesticles - cut down in their prime by the surgeon's knife.
Lester Haines, 10 Jul 2009
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Rosetta Stone rocks Google with trademark lawsuit

Rosetta Stone, maker of language-learning software, is joining a growing crowd of companies suing Google for letting third-parties buy permission to use other people's trademarks on AdWords.
Austin Modine, 10 Jul 2009

Intel cozying up to Google Chrome OS

It's official: Intel is working with Google on the development of the Mountain View ad broker's new netbook operating system, Google Chrome OS.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2009

Jaspersoft punts 'unlimited' licenses

Open source business intelligence software maker Jaspersoft has begun pitching "unlimited use" subscriptions to new customers worldwide.
Austin Modine, 10 Jul 2009

Silverlight 3: closer to what client-side .NET should have been

ReviewMicrosoft has released Silverlight 3, less than four months after unveiling the product and just nine months after finalizing Silverlight 2.0. The pace of development is remarkable, reminiscent of the browser wars in the 1990s, with Adobe System's Flash now playing the competitor role.
Tim Anderson, 10 Jul 2009

'Secure' Wyse thin clients vulnerable to remote exploit bugs

A popular brand of thin client device used by nuclear labs, military contractors and Fortune 100 companies is susceptible to exploits that put entire fleets of the machines in the control of online attackers.
Dan Goodin, 10 Jul 2009

Net sleuth calls eBay on carpet over shill bidding

How can you be sure the price of your latest eBay buy wasn't shamelessly inflated by some faceless shill bidder? Well, there's always the ad hoc investigative skills of Australian retiree Philip Cohen.
Cade Metz, 10 Jul 2009

Apple celebrates first year of App Store hijinks

One year ago Friday, Apple launched its iTunes App Store. And it's been one hell of a wild - if famously flatulent - ride ever since.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2009

Serena Software to pick over Borland's remains

Serena Software appears to have woken from its dreamy web 2.0 mash-up hiatus and begun circling over the remains of ALM competitor Borland Software.
Austin Modine, 10 Jul 2009

Orange UK drops DRM

Orange UK is jumping on the anti-DRM bandwagon as the centerpiece of a "major refresh" of its Music Portal's Orange Music Store.
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jul 2009

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